I’m cheerful about our chances next year.
However, since I’m almost always cheerful about our chances, that doesn’t mean much
But when Mickey Edwards, who’s only cheerful when the other guys win, thinks our chances next year are good, then maybe there’s reason to be cheerful about our chances next year.
In any case, this makes pleasant reading:
Republicans around the country said the war was only one of the challenges facing Mr. McCain and the other candidates. Rick Beltram, a Republican county leader in Spartanburg, S.C., said that he found evidence of Republican despair as he sought to organize support for all the candidates as they visit his state, one of the most important in the Republican nominating process.
“I would say a lot of people are not turned on because they don’t see a lot of bright spots out there,” Mr. Beltram said. “Home prices are going down. Gas prices are going up. And the war keeps dragging on.”
Wouldn’t that make a great ten-second spot? An ordinary citizen looks at the camera and says, “Home prices are going down, gas prices are going up, and the war keeps dragging on. We need new leadership.” If we can keep the voters’ minds focused on that as we go into ’08, as opposed to Obama’s childhood thumb-sucking, we ought to do just fine.